Chelsea transfer news: Olivier Giroud to sign for AC Milan on two-year deal

Olivier Giroud is set to complete a permanent move to AC Milan; Serie A club will pay Chelsea an initial €1m (£855,000) for France international striker; Giroud signed one-year extension at Stamford Bridge last summer and club took up the option to extend it by a further year in June

Newly hired AC Milan soccer club player Olivier Giroud arrives at a medical center in Milan, Italy, Friday, July, 16, 2021. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)
Image: Olivier Giroud has said goodbye to Chelsea ahead of joining AC Milan

Olivier Giroud has bid Chelsea farewell as he is set to complete a move to AC Milan on a two-year deal.

The France international arrived at Milan's La Madonnina clinic at approximately 7am on Friday morning to undergo a medical ahead of the transfer.

Sky in Italy are reporting Giroud signed his contract with AC Milan after the medical and ahead of the clubs' official announcement, the striker took to Twitter to thank his former club.

    "To all the Blues, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments," he wrote.

    "I'm starting a new journey with a light and happy heart. Our victories in FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League have been magnificent."

    The fee for Giroud is understood to be around €1m (£855,000), with an extra €1m (£855,000) in bonuses subject to a number of appearances and qualification for the Champions League.

    The 34-year-old signed a new one-year deal at Chelsea last summer and last month the club took up an option to extend it by a further 12 months.

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      He has scored 39 goals in 119 appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge, winning three major trophies, including the Champions League title in May.

      Giroud was involved in France's disappointing Euro 2020 campaign as they were knocked out by Switzerland on penalties at the round-of-16 stage following a 3-3 draw after extra-time.

      AC Milan have already signed Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea this summer, as they activated their £25m option to buy the young defender following a successful six-month loan spell, and are interested in Hakim Ziyech and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

      The Italian club finished second in Serie A last season, securing a return to the Champions League following a seven-year absence.

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